How did AMD take the lead in GPU performance

Steps, missteps, architecture, process, and culture

rtg-logo Radeon AMD logoSo AMD just took the lead in GPU performance with their Radeon 6000 series, how did they do it? There is one key factor that vaulted them in to the lead in SemiAccurate’s eyes, the others are far less important.

If you compare the Radeon 6000 line to the previous 5000s, AMD claims a 30% frequency increase and an overall 54% increase in performance per Watt. This is all on the same 7nm node albeit with more than a year of updates so the architecture is a serious uplift. There are also a number of feature adds that potentially bring the numbers up as well, PCIe4, caching, and more. On top of this there is one other external factor that essentially handed AMD the lead.

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Disclosures: Charlie Demerjian and Stone Arch Networking Services, Inc. have no consulting relationships, investment relationships, or hold any investment positions with any of the companies mentioned in this report.

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Charlie Demerjian is the founder of Stone Arch Networking Services and is a technology news site; addressing hardware design, software selection, customization, securing and maintenance, with over one million views per month. He is a technologist and analyst specializing in semiconductors, system and network architecture. As head writer of, he regularly advises writers, analysts, and industry executives on technical matters and long lead industry trends. Charlie is also available through Guidepoint and Mosaic. FullyAccurate